Walmart wants diversity in Washington
Walmart announced that they will spend $2 million to help encourage minority students to pursue internships in the nation’s capital.
The company’s grants will be distributed to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. These grants will increase the company’s total investment with the two non-profit organizations to more than $6 million over the last several years.
“At Walmart, our commitment to diversity and inclusion spreads beyond our stores and out into the communities where our associates and customers live,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president of programs at Walmart. “Through relationships with organizations like CHCI and CBCF that reflect the diversity of American society, we can open the door to help more young people build a career in public service and expand the pipeline of talent on Capitol Hill and beyond by providing our future leaders with the tools needed for success.”
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will receive a three-year, $1 million grant to help prepare college students and young professionals for careers in public policy and advocacy. Walmart says that the funding will provide exposure to the development and implementation of national policies – from Capitol Hill to federal field offices – as well as support intern housing, monthly stipends, professional development and leadership training.
“The CBCF is committed to increasing diversity on Capitol Hill and in the public sector by creating a new generation of informed and engaged citizens and leaders,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chair, CBCF Board of Directors. “Internships are a critical component toward building a career in public policy. Through Walmart’s continued support and dedicated partnership, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has successfully increased the number of scholars who have access to the intern-to-staffer pipeline.”
A three-year, $1 million grant to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute will provide Latino undergraduates with paid summer or spring Congressional internships. According to Walmart, the organization assists students with gaining valuable work experience, benefit from a strong leadership development curriculum, participate in a community service project and interact with professionals and industry leaders in Washington, D.C.
“Walmart has led the way as the Founding Partner for CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program by significantly investing in our nation’s future leaders, “said Rep. Joaquín Castro, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. “We value Walmart’s support of CHCI’s mission to address underrepresentation of Latinos on Capitol Hill by providing transformative experiences and the critical skills needed to embark on careers in public service.”